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Alabama Football Recruiting: Who Will Be Tide's 2nd Commitment in Class of 2014?

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches warm-ups before the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 28, 2013

It's hard to believe that Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide only have one commitment lined up for the class of 2014 so far.

To be fair, we're just getting into the swing of things with the 2014 class, and there's no doubt in my mind that Alabama will eventually land a plethora of elite commitments. That said, it still doesn't take away the surprise of seeing that the Crimson Tide have yet to lock up a few more early commitments at this point of the process.

Consider that the Texas Longhorns have already picked up eight commitments, and SEC opponents like Texas A&M (seven), LSU (six) and Florida (six) are already starting strong. 

To be fair to Alabama's first recruit, he has the potential to be good enough to make up for more than a few commitments.

The Tide received a very early commitment from 5-star running back Bo Scarbrough, and for all intents and purposes, he appears to have superstar abilities. He's 6'2'', 218 pounds and runs a 4.45 40 according to 247Sports. Much like 2013 elite running back recruit Derrick Henry, Scarbrough has the size of an elite linebacker, coupled with the speed of a top-notch running back. 

We know that Saban isn't shy when it comes to handing out offers—he offered to an eighth grader, mind you—so eventually we're bound to get news that Alabama has picked up its second commitment for 2014.

Just who will it be though?

There are some big-time prospects on top of Alabama's target board (247Sports) and that includes 5-star running back Leonard Fournette, 5-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, 5-star athlete Jabrill Peppers and No. 1 overall recruit Da'Shawn Hand.

While any of those players would be monumental pickups for the Crimson Tide, there's one other 5-star recruit that seems to be leaning towards Alabama, and I wouldn't be surprised if he goes all in soon enough.

The 5-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey is the No. 1 cornerback in the 2014 class, and he's ranked as the No. 1 player from the state of Alabama, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. What makes him extremely interesting is that his father is Bobby Humphrey, who is a former Alabama running back, and the Crimson Tide are listed as the top team on his 247Sports interest list

He's the top recruit in-state, and Alabama is the top team in-state.

For as good as Alabama was on the recruiting trail last season, the one thing the Crimson Tide didn't do was recruit an elite cornerback. While 4-star cornerback Maurice Smith will be very good and 3-star Jonathan Cook has potential, neither player has the potential that Humphrey possesses, so he would fill a big need for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama was the first team to offer to Humphrey, and he's already taken a handful of unofficial visits to Tuscaloosa, including a junior day and a few games. Overall, he's unofficially visited Alabama six times, plus one camp visit, according to 247Sports. He also visited LSU in November 2012 to watch the Tigers play Alabama.

It sure seems like the Crimson Tide have more than an edge for Humphrey, and that's not even considering the family ties that he has to the program.

I expect he'll commit to Alabama sooner rather than later, and he's great candidate to be the Crimson Tide's second commitment to the 2014 class.

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